This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, dedicated to raising awareness of mental health in the UK.

Now in its 21st year, the campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation runs from 10 – 16 May and this year’s theme is ‘nature’ and the benefits it can have to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Caerphilly County Borough Council are offering FREE Plant a Patch for Pollinators’ packs to residents, businesses and schools to help them connect with nature by growing a wildflower patch.

Growing a wildflower patch in your garden is a great way to attract wildlife and will provide a beautiful display of native wildflowers and doesn’t necessarily need much space. Residents can create a patch in the garden or even in a pot on your patio.

Honeybees and wild pollinators including bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, and some beetles are important pollinators.

The packs will include native wild-flower seeds, a sowing and aftercare guidance sheet, pollinator identification sheets and a local record centre recording sheet.

After you receive your pack we would like you to; provide us with photos before, during and after, as well as updates on what your patch has attracted and how your patch is growing, record species within your pollinator patch and garden, and share your encounters with nature with us.

The packs will be allocated on a first come first served per ward basis, to ensure a fair distribution across the Caerphilly County Borough. You must currently be a resident living within Caerphilly County Borough to apply and you can request a pack of seed for a minimum area of 1m² or a maximum area of 10m². Only one pack is permitted per household.

Closing date for registering is 10th June 2021.

To register for a ‘Plant a Patch for Pollinators Pack’ please contact countryside@caerphilly.gov.uk or if you don’t have access to email then please call 01443 816853 and leave a message. To register the council requires your name, address and a contact number or email address.countryside@caerphilly.gov.uk

Once you register for the ‘Plant a Patch for Pollinators’ Project you will receive an Application Form, which you will need to complete and return.

Resource: https://www.wales247.co.uk/reconnect-with-nature-for-mental-health-awareness-week

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